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The XO crew, who have been wowing Canberrans with their modern take on Asian cuisine, have opened a brunch and lunch venue tinged with signature style. Big night before? Kick off your morning with a mezcal Bloody Mary or take a break from booze with a dragon fruit juice that will shake your palate awake with a ginger zing.
The menu features unusual fusion dishes such as cauliflower upma and Hainanese chicken wrap (a crisp, roll-your-own roti oozing with fillings) as well as ostensibly traditional fare such as eggs and soldiers (served with kaya coconut jam and Wyngaard goat’s cheese) and seared sardines atop sweet celeriac and spicy tomato on rye. The flavours leave no doubt this joint will be a winner. A boutique wine and beer list changes frequently, while Japanese maneki-neko cats keep an eye on the action.
Atmosphere: Modern with a tranquil courtyard and buzzy interior
Best for: Social brunch
Cuisine: Modern South East Asian Fusion
Standout dish: The bacon and egg roll with char siu bacon
Open: Monday-Sunday for breakfast and lunch
Address: NewActon Pavilion, 2/15 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra
Phone number: (02) 6257 6464